Putnam, bridging and bonding capital

In Transient Spaces on May 1, 2009 at 2:08 am

I would describe Queen’s as being a bonding capital community. It’s an exclusive community, that promotes, bonds and networks extensively within it’s own members. It does have all the classic traits of bonding capital.  Those that are there tend to have similar values, and the community reinforces them.

While bonding capital is not the best for getting ahead, as Jenny mentioned in the lecture. Perhaps when it’s short term, a community that has only bonding capital isn’t too bad. It’s certainly good fun! Most people at queen’s are willing to admit that they do live in a bubble, and they’re happy to do so for a few years at uni. It’s an unrepeatable experience. So many people are willing to give up bridging capital experience.


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